Our research

The “Research” section of our personal website covers our published work in academic dance research (ethnography, anthropology and ethnochoreology) and our involvement in local dance practice.

Please see our website at eliznik.org.uk for dance, costume, music and ethnography.

Academia.eduYou can find on us Academic.edu – Liz Mellish and Nick Green – where many papers are available, just follow the link to Academia.edu below the abstract.

Our ongoing research projects include:

  • Festivals and contemporary festivities in Banat
  • Romanian dancers and dance ensembles – lives and histories
  • The history and connections of Balkan dancing in the UK

We are active members of two ICTM study groups

Meter in dance and music

This blog note explains the way I (as a partially competent musician) have rationalised the concept of ‘meter’ from the perspective of dancing (at which I am more competent). The problem to somehow mediate between a dance concept and the established de facto western classical musical understanding of ‘meter’. From …read more

Variation or improvisation?

At academic meetings the themes of ‘improvisation’ and the ‘individual’ are common, but what does this actually mean in the context of a chain dance? Here I summarise the three logical constructions that could be termed ‘improvisation’. First construction … non-Western music, in which one cannot really distinguish between improvisation …read more

Defined by concept and rules

Western classical works in music and dance are generally quite tightly fixed and rigid compositions, which can be notated, and are played or danced near identically every time. However, this is not typical of social dancing and many forms of music. … establish the rules according to which a dance …read more

Politics of representation, identity and minorities as portrayed through local dance in the Banat Region

This paper will examine the politics of representation and identity as portrayed through dance by the co-located ethnicities in the Banat region of Romania using three main parameters, the ‘representation’ that the dancing is portraying, the context in which the dancing takes place and the adaption of the dancing to …read more

Crazy week, the disorganised and the organised: Fărșang and “inverted” weddings in the Banat mountains

During crazy week (the week in which lent commences) carnivalesque events, in various manifestations, take place in many villages in Banat. The commonalities between these events are that they focus around local music, dance and customs and only local people are involved. Although each event may be nominally organised by …read more